PROJECTS WITH HIGH QUANTUM OF EXTERNAL FUNDING

Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform: ICT Agri-Business

Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform: ICT Agri-Business

Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform: ICT Agri-Business

The Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme is a new competitive grant scheme established by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It is design to catalyze innovative partnerships in low-income countries (LICs) to improve the performance, governance and influence of higher education systems and institutions with a grant possibility of £3 Million. IBB University has entered into this competition to drive ICT-Agri-Business in a Nigeria Higher Education Initiative project.

Many new jobs have appeared in 21st century of the Nigerian society demanding advanced knowledge and skills of high level professionals in the agricultural sector, health sector and other areas. Prospective students have low interest in agriculture because of obsolete contents, poor facilities and unfavourable delivery mode; while the country is currently focusing on agriculture to diversify its economy. Although Nigerian youths constitute about 60% of the total populace, youth unemployment situation is worrisome because 42.7% of them lack means of livelihood due to poor training in learning institutions and skill gaps in the labour market. There is therefore need to bridge the gap through improved training of youths; particularly in agriculture graduates to enable them become employers of labour instead of depending on white collar jobs which are not unavailable. The urgent need to bridge existing skill gaps in agriculture by matching the contents for skill training in Nigerian learning institutions with global best practices to serve current professional and practical purposes cannot be overemphasized.

The purpose of the project is to re-design a curriculum to match current Higher Education demand in Agriculture; widen access to lucrative Agricultural programmes that shall be incorporated through the project; enhance quality and Improve employability of beneficiaries of agricultural programmes in IBB University within the project catchment area, which shall be scaled in the course of further implementation.

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West African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCLEF): Biogas Energy Development for Secondary Schools

West African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCLEF): Biogas Energy Development for Secondary Schools

West African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCLEF): Biogas Energy Development for Secondary Schools

IBB University, Lapai is located in Niger State being one out of the 36 states in central Nigeria, with a population over 4million and land mass of 13, 950km2. Niger State has more than 27 boarding secondary schools housing approximately 1500 population including students and staff. Firewood and kerosene constitute the energy sources used in cooking in kitchens. However most of the left over foods and other biodegradable waste are either dumped at dumping sites or dumped indiscriminately attracting dangerous and harmful animals and also posing a public health hazard serving as a breeding ground for many disease vectors and pathogens. This has recently become unacceptable in such institutions, and therefore the need for proper disposal of waste in homes, institutions and municipalities. The biogas developed by the University manages biodegradable municipal waste and invasive aquatic water lily which serve as a supplement to the waste in the biogas production. Apart from using the biogas for cooking purposes in the identified Secondary Schools, the biogas will also be source for gas burners in the laboratories of the secondary schools. This project award value of up to $1,400,000 has been submitted to the West African Forum for Clean Energy Financing (WAFCLEF) through USAID NIGERIA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Project (REEEP) in January 2017.

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